A man who was born into a family of artists and a life that was full of opportunities but never lived up to his full potential is sharing a story about being a dad.
In the new animated series My Life Is a Movie, which premiered Tuesday night at 10 p.m.
ET on FX, the title character, Matt (played by Kyle Mooney), is a father of three and a high school dropout who is a part-time artist.
Matt, a high-school dropout and part-timber, was born in the Bronx.
But the neighborhood where he grew up in Queens was a very different place than what Matt now calls home.
Matt’s father, Joe, was a firefighter who served in World War II.
But he left the family to work as a schoolteacher and went on to earn a degree at Cornell University in New York.
Matt went on a two-year apprenticeship in the art world and earned a degree in fine art from the University of Michigan.
But when Matt and his mother moved to California in the early 2000s, he was given a new, much-needed break.
He could quit his job to devote more time to his artistic endeavors.
“The whole time I was doing this, I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to do it,” Matt said in the episode.
But one day, a friend suggested that Matt go to the United States Military Academy, the elite military academy where many artists train.
The friend also suggested that he work in a paint shop, and Matt got the idea.
He spent two years working at a paint store and eventually landed a job at an art studio where he painted a variety of art pieces, including a couple of paintings of a woman on the hood of a car.
“I was like, ‘Oh, that sounds fun.
I’m going to try it,'” Matt said.
But it wasn’t until he returned to the Bronx in 2009 that he began to feel like a part of the community.
He was able to get his foot in the door when his mother, Maria, started working in a local tattoo parlor and started selling the prints and canvases.
“When she started selling her stuff, I just started getting in line and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m a part owner,'” Matt recalled.
“It just snowballed.”
The family quickly realized that the business was starting to take off and they soon found themselves working full-time at the store, making more money than they had ever made.
But Matt was always in demand, and that’s when he realized he was not good at the job.
“People were like, You’re not good enough.
You’re good enough but you’re not really good enough,” he said.
“So, I was just like, I’ll just go out and do it.
That’s when I really learned how to be a father.”
He also became interested in becoming a painter.
“As I got more into it, I realized that it wasn.
I was not the best at painting.
And I was pretty bad at drawing,” he explained.
Matt said his first paintings were done at home.
He said that he got really good at making drawings out of scrap wood and wood chips.
“You know, I’d say a dozen or more of those drawings were on my wall,” he admitted.
“And then I would get a little bit better with my shading and my brush work.
But I just never got a good balance between the two,” he added.
“My first brush was a brush I bought off eBay and it was my second brush that I painted.
And my first brush is on the right and my second is on top of the right.”
But when it came time to start painting, he got distracted by the art he was learning.
He eventually gave up.
“For a long time, it was just, ‘I’m going on a break, I want to quit my job and go paint,'” he said in his interview.
But in 2009, Matt realized he needed to move back to his hometown to get some experience.
So he went back to the painting shop, got his license, and started painting.
He found that he was very good at drawing, and his paintings were appreciated by his neighbors.
“They all love my stuff,” he recalled.
But for Matt, painting was not an easy thing to do.
“That’s when my dad’s a little less forgiving,” he laughed.
“He’s like, If you can’t do this, you can never paint.”
“He was really angry with me, like, He’s never seen anything like that,” Matt told ABC News.
But that didn’t stop Matt from wanting to try painting.
In his interview, Matt said that it took him about three years to paint.
“At first, I would do a painting in the garage or a shed, and then after that, I did it at the studio